9/11 Health Legislation Advances in House
July 30, 2009
The House Judiciary Committee recently approved a key portion of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (HR 847).The legislation would reopen the Victim Compensation Fund for rescue and recovery workers exposed to the World Trade Center disaster. The vote is a crucial step toward the goal of passing HR 847 by the eighth anniversary of the attacks.
"Today's approval of key parts of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act by the House Judiciary committee is welcome news and important progress," said Mayor Bloomberg in a recent statement. "It would reopen the Victim Compensation Fund, creating an alternative to litigation, while protecting the contractors who were there for the City when we needed them. I want to thank the lead sponsors of this bill, Representatives Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Peter King and Michael McMahon for their efforts, I also want to thank Representatives Weiner, Conyers and Lungren for their work."
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over the health care component of the bill. This portion would provide long-term federal funding for medical monitoring and treatment of those affected by 9/11.